A massive, wildly decorated within an inch of its life, nine-bedroom, 11-bathroom, five-and-a-half-bath, approximately 32,000-square-foot home is for sale in Wappinger Falls. Referred to as the “Fifth Avenue of Country Living,” this sprawling 25-acre estate is asking $30 million. With a sculpture garden, basketball and tennis courts, swimming pool with two cabanas, 8,000-square-foot veranda, three playgrounds, private guest cottages and an ice rink and more, this compound is truly unique.
Owned by the New York City socialite, artist and lifestyle brand Old Fashioned Mom CEO Michelle-Marie Heinemann, this Hudson Valley estate is decorated and decorated and decorated. Heinemann told the Wall Street Journal: “It’s been like a little baby in a cradle. It’s been loved, adored and respected and, as a result, it’s grown.”
Heinemann, who says she is “moved by color and texture,” covered every wall, floor and ceiling with something either wildly colorful or ornate. The entrance all greets guests with painted stairs and a two-story filled with art.
The three-story solarium lets in tons of natural light (clearly enough to grow blue trees).
The dining room, that can easily fit a 20-person table plus an extra seating area, has sloped, cloud painted ceilings and wood floors.
The kitchen has two banquettes and built-in cabinets.
There are some cozier rooms in the home but all have ornate lighting fixtures and fireplaces. Every room has either visual or physical access to the outside.
A formal antechamber has ornate stained glass windows, wallpaper on the walls and ceilings and french doors leading to the veranda.
A gorgeous, two-story solarium is large enough to have two seating areas and a grand piano. The 35-foot tall glass is bulletproof.
The outdoor spaces are very stately and provide a variety of viewing areas, whether it’s over the sculpture garden or by a roaring fire.
There are also basketball and tennis courts.
And a spacious private guest cottage where friends can stay for extraordinarily long amounts of time and never get in owner’s way.
There is also a solarium, two libraries, eight wood-burning fireplaces, two kitchens, a wine cellar, an ice rink, a home theatre, a three-story glass rotunda in private wing, multiple verandas and an art gallery. There are also three “tiny houses” on the property, ranging from 550 to 675 square feet, to house staff.
As if all of that was not odd enough, there is an “apartment” in the property that is listed on HomeAway for $324 a night. So if you are thinking of buying, maybe just spend a few nights and see what you think.
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All photos courtesy of Douglas Elliman